Set the Expectation: Brenda Tracy Shares Her Story

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor

Photo of University students who attended the speech in Turner Gymnasium. Retrieved from lynchburg_wsoccer on Instagram by Alyssa Wilson.

Motivational speaker and founder of Set the Expectation, Brenda Tracy, came to speak to students at the University of Lynchburg and share her story on Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Turner Gymnasium. 

All athletes were required to be at the event, making for a packed Gym on Tuesday night. Sisters of Alpha Chi Omega were also required to attend as domestic violence is the Sorority’s philanthropy.

Junior and sister of Alpha Chi Omega, Emily Jackson said, “We as a chapter wanted to go learn more about our philanthropy from a survivor. We feel that it is so important to actively support domestic violence awareness education at all events on campus and in the community.” 

Tracy is a nurse, activist, and citizen lobbyist, amongst many other roles as she shared with her large audience on Tuesday night and received feedback and questions about the roles from students in the audience. 

Tracy founded Set the Expectation to help spread awareness surrounding rape and domestic violence. Due to her being a former athlete Tracy has a passion for speaking to audiences of athletes in order to spread awareness on sexual assault around sports teams. 

Alix Allen, senior and member of the women’s soccer team said, “It (Tracy being an athlete like Allen) felt very real and actually made me feel seen. She is so strong and it makes you want to be strong too.”

Tracy shared how when she was a young adult, she was raped by four men on the Oregon State Football team, all of the hardships she had to go through surrounding that serious problem, and the hurdles she had to jump through in order for her voice to be heard. 

The event was coordinated by the University’s Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) under the Department of Justice Campus Program Grant on Violence Against Women. 

If you are interested in learning more about Set the Expectation, please visit https://www.settheexpectation.org/about-ste/our-story for more information. 

Sources: 

Emily Jackson jacksoe489@lynchb.urg.edu 

Alix Allen allena448@lynchburg.edu 

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